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Hi all--I'm in St. Louis and I have two cats currently. Lena is an 8 year old Ragdoll and Callie is a 14 year old American Shorthair. I'm looking for some help/support as Callie was diagnosed with hepatic lipidosis over the weekend and is now on a feeding tube. I am hoping to connect with somebody/bodies who have been through this and can share how things went for him/her.

Thanks so much,

Laura
 

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This was moved from the Intro forum so I just wanted to add a little more info (mods, please feel free to merge--I didn't have an edit option in my other post or I would have done that, and thanks to the person who moved it to the right forum :)). We aren't sure what the cause of Callie's HL was--the vet thinks either cholangeohepatitis or irritable bowel syndrome. She spent the weekend (Saturday AM-Tuesday PM) in the ICU getting IV fluids and antibiotics and has had two rounds of bloodwork, which the vet said were typical of both HL and cholangeohepatitis, normal x-rays, and normal abdominal ultrasound. Symptoms were anorexia, dehydration, jaundice, and isolation. The internal medicine specialist feels her prognosis is very good with the feeding tube and Clavamox/metronidazole. We currently are feeding her every 8 hours and it seems to be going well--she's very tolerant.

Since she's been home she's been sleeping most of the time, just getting up to use her litter box. I asked the specialist and she said that Callie is probably just tired from the not-very-restful environment at the ICU and is recovering still from her feeding tube placement (under anaesthesia) yesterday. She seems to be less reclusive and is happy to sit on the couch with us now, where before she was hiding in the closet. I'm just feeling a little overwhelmed, and I've read lots of sucess stories with curing HL, but a search on these forums brings up lots of sad stories. Thanks in advance for any comments/advice/commiseration. I know she's older but she's in great health (or was until this) and we expect a few more good years out of her!
 

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I had a cat once Dx'd w/ cholangiohepatitis. Loki was not hospitalized b/c he was extremely neurotic re: strange people and I thought he would do better at home. I forcefed him 8X a day for 3 weeks, gave SQ fluids, etc., and he got better! He was 14 at the time as well, and he lived 5 more years after that, finally leaving me at age 19. I'll keep my fingers crossed for your guy!
 

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Has she lost a lot of weight recently and/or stopped eating? I've read that cats can develop HL when they stop eating, and it doesn't take very long for it to happen.

Getting food & fluids into her is the best thing you can do, so keep at it. She should regain her appetite once she's feeling better.
 

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Yes, she had lost a bit of weight over the past year but the weight loss really picked up over the past couple of months. She has always had occasional bouts of vomiting (once a month or so) but it had increased to every couple of days.

Hoofmaiden, thanks for the happy ending! That's really what we are hoping for from our baby--she just seems to have so much life left.
 
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